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Community News for Sheffield & Ashley Falls, MA SECOND GENERATION Vol. XII, Issue 1 1 November/December 20 1 2 



HAHN TO RETIRE AS LIBRARY DIRECTOR 



After serving ably and effectively for 11 works, classics and 
years, Nancy Hahn will retire on Fri., poetry. The Library 

Dec. 14, as the director of Sheffield's maintains 44,882 

Bushnell-Sage Library. An open house in print, audiovisual 
her honor, co-sponsored by the Library's and miscellaneous 
Board of Trustees and the Friends of the 
Library, will be held on that day from 5 to 
8pm at the Library, a time when people 
can say goodbye and wish her well in her 
new life. 

The Library's mission statement says 
that it is dedicated to informing, educat- 
ing and culturally enriching the residents 
of Sheffield. To that end, the Library 
provides a comprehensive collection of 
books, magazines, video and audio mate 






holdings, and, in 
2011, circulated 
68,312 items — 
a record. 

Managing 
this collection is a 
capable staff of 12, 
two full-timers and 
10 part-timers, who 
work a total of 150 
hours per week. 




rials, computers and Internet access, pro- Nancy is particularly 



Nancy Hahn showing some of the publica 
tions available at the Libray. 



gramming and activities designed for all 
age groups. The collection is particularly 
strong in agriculture, landscape architec- 
ture, gardening, translated international 



complimentary of her staff, which, she 
describes as "resilient." There has been 
minimal turnover during her years here, 
she says, and notes that the staff unfail- 



DOLLAR GENERAL COMING TO SHEFFIELD? 



Dollar General, the Tennessee-based 
mass merchandiser with more than 8,000 
stores in 35 states, wants to build a store 
on Route 7 in Sheffield. The location 
would be on North Main Street, just 



who lives in one of the buildings that 
would be torn down, according to the 
Berkshire Record. 

According to preliminary site plans, 
the store would be 130 feet wide and 70 



ingly gives good 
service. The library 
typically serves 
500 to 700 people 
a week, but for the 
week ending Oct. 
18, it served 780 
people, another 
record. 

As director, 
Nancy's greatest 
satisfaction has 
been working 
with her Shef- 
field patrons. She 
describes them as 
"an extraordinary 
group of readers," who assist her with 
suggestions for book selections and who 
participate regularly and enthusiasti- 
cally as volunteers. She counts well over 
100 volunteers, who do everything from 
shelving books to helping weed out old, 
unread volumes to make way for more 
current selections. 

A high priority for Nancy has been 
the development of the Library's collec- 
tion. She believes libraries must stock 
the classics, while still being open to the 



north of The Bridge Restaurant, on a site feet deep — 9,100 square feet. That would additions of new books. "People want 



currently occupied by three structures, 
two houses and a former salon and 
garage, which would be torn down. The 
property, which is 1.6 acres, is currently 
owned by Stephen Ullrich. 

Michael Dutton, the owner of The 
Bridge Restaurant, first heard about the 



make it one of the largest commercial 
buildings in the town. 

The location is zoned "commercial," 
where buildings are limited to less 
than 10,000 square feet. If there are no 
problems with the Board of Health, 

the Conservation Commission or other 

Continued on page 11 



good information," she notes. She has 
also been proud of the programs that 
have developed. In October alone the 
Library sponsored events with Kathie 
Dean, Judy Schumer and Simon Win- 
chester. In addition there have been 
writing and poetry workshops and the 



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In this issue 












Community 




Choral Festival grant 


II 


Organizations & Businesses 




Tree lightings 


2 


Church news 


12 


Big Elm Brewing 


20 


School Committee, music events 


3 


Library News 


13 


HimalaSalt 


21 


Remembering Marcia Friedman 


4 


Senior Center and Friends 


14 


Cobble news 


22 


Remembering Peter Rowntree 


5 


Village Green 




Kiwanis news 


23 


This 'n' That Habitat Store, Contradances 6 


Board of Selectmen minutes 


15 


Historical Society news 


24 


Bayer volunteers 


7 


Deer season 


17 


Business Assoc, American Legion 


25 


Sheffield Fair pictures 


8 


Town Clerk, Disabilities 


18 


Land Trust, Audubon, Farmers' Market 


26 


Glacial erratics 


10 


Conservation Commission 


19 


Fire log 
Calendar page 


26 
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Scott, 13. Gary Schumer, 20, 22. Dick Goodwin, 23 



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HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTINGS 






Sheffield has two tree lightings every year, one 
on the green in Ashley Falls and one on the Town 
Green, near Old Parish Church. All are welcome 
to join in the merriment. 

Sheffield's tree lighting will be Sun., Dec. 2, at 
6:30pm on the Town Green in the center of Shef- 
field. It will be followed by carol singing and an 
ecumenical service in Old Parish Church. 

The service will be led by area clergy and 
representatives of individual churches, an ecu- 
menical choir will sing, and the Mt. Everett High School Band will play. 
There will be refreshments following the service in the Old Parish 
social room. Everyone is welcome to bring their holiday favorites to 
share is well! 

As this issue went to press, details of the Ashley Falls tree lighting 
had not been decided. In past years, the illumination of the 90-foot 
Norway spruce on the green was accompanied by hay wagon rides, hot 
cocoa, cider and cookies by a bonfire. See local media for details closer 
to the event time, or check the Sheffield Community Calendar at 
www.localendar.com/public/Sheffield/Calendar. 



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HAHN RETIRING, continued from page 1 



annual book sale at the end of October. 

Nancy was a librarian at the Defense 
Information School in Maryland 1 1 years 
ago when a friend saw an ad in the Shop- 
per's Guide announcing the opening at the 
Sheffield library. Nancy grew up in Lee 
and was familiar with Sheffield. Since local 
town library jobs open up rarely friends 
and family encouraged her to apply. 

She had spent some 30 years of her 
career overseas as a military librarian, and 
her early days at the Library were chal- 
lenging. She "didn't know the vocabulary" 
she now says. But she soon was integrated 
and became an effective leader. 

She is proud of her work here and 
hopes she has done her part "to make 
Sheffield a better place." She sees TV as a 
major threat to literacy and believes that 
reading broadens horizons and encour- 
ages people to do more with their lives. 

Nancy leaves the Library having 
just led a committee in the creation of 
a long-range plan covering the years 
2014 to 2018 (a copy is available at the 
front desk). Her chief concern, looking 
ahead, is that Sheffield provides adequate 
funding for staff, particularly those with 
skills in technology. She hopes that her 
successor "loves Sheffield as much as I 
do." Her priority for her retirement years ? 
To spend more time with family. 

Among her many mementoes from 
Sheffield is a letter from someone with 



a check for The Friends of the Library: 
"Small town libraries often will play 
minor roles in enriching community life," 
it says. "Not so in Sheffield where we are 
so fortunate to have your exceptional 
leadership working with a fine staff. Your 
study committee deserves a good pat on 



the back for its comprehensive long- 
range plans to further expand a salutary 
influence on our community. I hope the 
thoughtful recommended proposals of 
the plan will not be hampered by possible 
weakening state and federal economies in 
the future." — John G. Wightman 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE UP FOR ELECTION NOV. 6 



The entire 10-member School Commit- 
tee of the Southern Berkshire Regional 
School District is up for election this year 
as the committee continues to transition 
from an appointed body to an elected one. 
Some of the seats to be voted on are for 
four- year terms, some for two-year terms. 
The five towns in the district each have 
an allotted number of seats, roughly pro- 
portional to the number of students they 
send to the school: one each for Alford and 
Monterey, two each for Egremont and New 
Marlborough and four for Sheffield. Half 



the seats will be for four years: Monterey's, 
one of Egremont's, one of New Marlbor- 
ough's, and two of Sheffield's. 

Only one seat is contested, with three 
people running for the two two-year seats in 
Sheffield. Four current members are running 
again. Stepping down are Stephen Willig of 
Egremont, Deborah Mielke of Monterey, 
Herb Abelow and Charles McSpiritt of 
New Marlborough and Andy Fetterhoff and 
Catherine Miller of Sheffield. 

Voters in all towns can vote for all 
candidates. 



Alford 
Egremont 

Monterey 

New Marlborough 

Sheffield 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES 

One two-year seat: Carl Stewart (incumbent). 

One two-year seat: Charles Flynn (incumbent). 

One four-year seat: Frank Marinaro. 

One four-year seat Maria Rundle. 

One two-year seat: Kenzie Fields. 

One four-year seat: Kristen Sparhawk. 

Two two-year seats: Dennis Sears (incumbent); Bonnie Silvers; 

William Tighe. 

Two four-year seats: Arthur Batacchijr.; VitoValentini (incumbent). 



MUSIC: UKULELE WORKSHOP/CONCERT 

On Tues., Nov. I 3, Phyllis and Dale Webb are hosting 
their first workshop and concert at the Magic Fluke Co. 
on Route 7 in Sheffield. Lil Rev will share his love of the 
ukulele and lead a workshop in "Essential Strums, Strokes 
and Tricks For Ukulele." 

The workshop, open to all levels, will teach players 
roll strokes, slides, triple strums, novelty strokes and 
a fun repertoire of songs. "This is the first class I offer 
whenever I am new to an area," says Lil Rev. "It is a ton of 
fun, and everyone always learns a boatload." 

Lil Rev, who hails from Wisconsin, teaches and per- 
forms all over the country. He also writes music instruc- 
tion books, his latest being The Hal Leonard Baritone 
Ukulele Method Book # I . Following the workshop 
session, Lil Rev will give a concert. 

The workshop is from 7 to 8pm, the concert 8: 1 5 to 
9: 1 5. Admission is $20 for the workshop, $ 1 for concert, 
$25 for both. To reserve a space or for more information, 
call the Magic Fluke Co. at 229-8536. For more on Lil 
Rev's music, see www.lilrev.com. 



MUSIC: DEWEY HALL FOLK MUSIC SERIES 

The Dewey Hall Folk Music Series kicks into high gear for 
the fall/winter season. On Fri., Nov. 2, multi-instrumentalist 
David Reed brings his groovy blend of Berkshire Caribbean 
funk and blues back to Dewey Hall. See www.myspace.com/ 
doctoreasymusic. 

On Sat., Dec. 8, Rakish Paddy, Berkshire County's favorite 
Celtic folk band, will perform classic Irish ballads, Celtic-laced 
bluegrass and politically charged rebel tunes. Check them 
out at www.rakishpaddyband.com. 

On Sat.,Jan.5,the Easy Ridin' Papas, with Will Conklin on 
trumpet/cornet, vocals, whistling, and a really loud kazoo, and 
Adam Brown on guitar and vocals, will play a mix of 20's, 30's, 
40's country blues/jazz, western swing, southern gospel, jug 
band, ragtime and anything else that catches their fancy. Search 
for "Easy Ridin Papas Starving Artist" onYouTube for a sample. 

Dewey Hall is an acoustically superior hall that hosts a 
monthly series of local, regional, and national musicians per- 
forming in an intimate, family-friendly atmosphere. All shows 
start at 7:30pm. Suggested donation is $ 1 5, but pay what you 
can afford. www.DeweyHall.com. 



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REMEMBERING MARCIA 

The 19 th century Austrian composer Franz 
Schubert captured the importance of music 
in his famous song "An die Musik" ("To 
Music"): "Music, you sacred art, how often 
during my life have you warmed my heart 
and transported me to a better world. A 
sigh from your harp flowed, a sweet, holy 
chord from you, and the heaven of better 
times opened for me. You sacred art, I thank 
you for that!" Such was the importance of 
music, too, in the life of long-time Sheffield 
resident Marcia Friedman. 

Born in Atlantic City in 1934, Marcia 
moved to New York City with her mother 
and sister in 1938 after the untimely death 
of her father. She attended Hunter College 
and the New School for Social Research in 
New York City, falling in love with classical 
music along the way. 

Marcia had first seen the Berkshires 
while attending a camp in Pittsfield as a 
child. After marrying in 1961 and having 
two children, Louis and Paula, she and her 
family moved to the Berkshires. 

The Berkshires are a great place to 
live when one is passionate about music! 
Marcia soon found many avenues to 
become involved with music. She helped 
Ed and Myra Feldman produce chamber 
music concerts in the 1970s and '80s at 
Berkshire School, including a memorable 
recital given by the great Russian pianist 
Eugene Berman. Her many friends often 
accompanied her to concerts at the Yale 
School of Music in Norfolk, the Berkshire 
Choral Festival and the Berkshire Bach 
Society. With her friend Lynn Harding, 
she even traveled all the way to Kalama- 
zoo, MI, for the Gilmore Piano Festival. 
An avid devotee of opera, Marcia attended 
the Metropolitan Opera in New York, 
the Chicago Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass 
Opera in Cooperstown, and most recently, 
the Metropolitan Opera simulcasts at the 
Mahaiwe Theatre, where she also was a 
volunteer usher. 

Marcia was also a volunteer usher for 
Tanglewood concerts for many summers, 
from 1991 through 2007. For six years, 
she was chair of the Ushers Fund, set up 
by ushers and dedicated to raising scholar- 
ship money to sponsor pre -professional 
students who study there as Tanglewood 
Music Center Fellows. 



FRIEDMAN: TO MUSIC 

Prior to Marcia's chairmanship, the 
Fund raised enough money to endow two 
fellows each year. But Marcia thought they 
could do more and was instrumental in 
expanding the Ushers Fund mission to 
include endowing the sponsorship of a 
Boston University Tanglewood Institute 
student each year. These high-school-age 
students come from around the world to 
spend the summer studying, performing, 
eating, drinking and breathing music. 
Marcia shared their delight and made sure 
to get to know them and attend their con- 
certs. Over the years, she helped raise more 
than $300,000 dollars for the Usher's 
Fund. Next season, the Usher & Programs 
Fellowship will be named in her honor. 

Marcia was passionate about educa- 
tion as well. A longtime member of the 
Sheffield Land Trust and an early member 
of its Outreach 8C Education Committee, 
she helped create successful and ongoing 
programs, especially the Winter Lecture 
Series, the Donor Thank-you Party and 
the Fall Property Walk (the most recent 
held last month on conserved land at Bow 
Wow Farm). 

Pat Elsbach, who was chair of the Out- 
reach 8>C Education Committee at the time, 
remembers how she could make an event 
esthetically exciting "decorating a room with 
her artistic expertise" and how her special 
quality as a hostess made speakers invited to 
give a lecture comfortable by offering them 
a bed and a good meal in her much loved 
home. "She participated in two particularly 
memorable Land Trust events," says Pat, 
"The Blue Hill Troupe's production of the 
Gilbert 8C Sullivan operetta "The Gondo- 
liers" at the Mahaiwe two years ago and the 
open house that celebrated the restoration 
of the old mill in Ashley Falls. Marcia's 
orientation was to engage herself in many 
good causes involving our community. We 
shall miss her." 

Marcia also served on the board of the 
Sheffield Friendly Union Library Asso- 
ciation as Treasurer from 2004 to 2008. 
Priscilla Cote, president of the board, 
speaks of Marcia's hands-on work, such as 
helping paint the interior of Dewey Hall 
and cleaning the oil paintings. (Marcia 
was an avid potter and also a professional 
oil painting restorer who worked privately 




Marcia Friedman 

and for the Clark Museum in Williams 
town.) Marcia established the annual 
Pancake Breakfast, the Indoor Farmers 
Market at Dewey Hall and its first Sum- 
mer Outdoors Market. She continued to 
be active in Dewey Hall affairs long after 
her board commitment ended. 

I met Marcia here in Sheffield. We dis- 
covered we had many friends in common 
in the New York and Berkshires music 
community. She gave my husband, John- 
Arthur, and me several opportunities to 
present talks — one on our antique Edison 
SC Victor machines and vintage record- 
ings, another on the role of the chorus in 
opera — through a lecture series that she 
produced in Connecticut. 

Most recently she succeeded me as 
chair of the Sheffield Cultural Council, 
a state-funded entity that makes small 
grants to fund projects involving history, 
environmental awareness, arts and the 
humanities for our community. It was 
always a pleasure to work with her, evalu- 
ating grants, attending events and planning 
for the next year. I enjoyed stopping by her 
lovely home on Salisbury Rd. to drop off 
papers or get her signature on something 
for the Council. Classical music was always 
playing on her beloved WMHT radio sta- 
tion, and often her hands were covered in 
drying clay or paint. She'd put on the kettle 
for tea and our conversation would range 
from music to art to books and back to 
music again. I would feel content, with my 
heart warmed and transported to a better 
world, and Marcia, I thank you for that! 

Marcia Friedman passed away on July 
30, 2012, surrounded by her family. She is 
survived by her sister, Charlene Ager, her son 
and daughter, Louis and Paula Friedman, 
their spouses, Jaime Friedman and Jerry 
Bernay, and her two grandsons, Lex and 
Sam Friedman. — Trudy Weaver Miller 



REMEMBRANCES: The Sheffield Times will publish people's remembrances of 
Sheffield citizens as space allows (may be edited for space or appropriateness). 



REMEMBERING PETER ROWNTREE: PUBLISHER AND AUTHOR 



Chances are, without Peter Rowntree, you wouldn't be reading 
the Sheffield Times at the moment. 

Peter was one of a handful of people wondering, in the sum- 
mer of 2001, what could be done to celebrate Sheffield. That 
urge, originally directed toward having an art show, was soon 
channeled in two directions. One was a fall festival honoring 
Sheffield — Sheffield in Celebration and the Sheffield Fair — 
did have an art show in its first years. But it quickly became a 
community-wide block party featuring music, events, informa- 
tion and many examples of Sheffield talents and skills. (See 
page 8 for pictures from the 2012 Fair in September.) 

The second direction was a new version of the Sheffield 
Times, Starting in the late 1980s, Susanna and Tom Leigh had 
published a community newsletter called the Sheffield Times 
that folded in 1993, when the Leighs moved from Sheffield to 
Maine. For eight years, people in town had been longing for the 
return of a publication that focused on details of town life. 

Such an enterprise appealed immensely to Peter, who had 
recently retired as a lawyer in New York. He loved finding out 
what was really happening, he was a skilled and detailed writer, 
and he — along with his wife, Ellen — excelled at spreading 
enthusiasm for such a venture and enlisting other people in its 

PETER ROWNTREE, 1 939 - 20 1 2 

Peter Dwight Rowntree, who moved to Sheffield in 1991, 
died peacefully at his home on August 28 following respira- 
tory complications from a fall on July 21. Peter was born in 
Scarborough, England and moved with his family to Roches- 
ter, NY, in 1948. He graduated from St. George's School in 
Newport, Rl, in 1957 and magna cum laude from Harvard 
College in 1961. Following graduation from Harvard Law 
School in 1964, he joined the law firm MilbankTweed Hadley 
and McCloy in New York City, where he became a partner 
and chairman of the Banking Department. For 33 years he 
was passionately involved in the practice of international 
financial law. 

Peter became active in Sheffield town affairs, especially after 
he moved here fulltime in 2003. He served on the Conservation 
Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. He was also a 
Trustee of the Bushnell-Sage Library and a Friend of the Library. 
He helped found the Sheffield Association and the Sheffield 
Times, for which he wrote regularly until recent years. 

Peter leaves his life partner and wife, Ellen, to whom he 
was married for 49 years; his son David, his daughter Bis and 
three beloved grandchildren, Brian Rowntree, Samantha Beck 
and Katherine Beck. For the last nine years, each summer, he 
and Ellen would clear their schedules to celebrate a week of 
"Camp Gramp," time spent with the grandchildren alone. 

Peter was also a painter and an avid reader, particularly in 
the area of English history and culture and world affairs. He 
also took great pride in his property on Salisbury Rd., work- 
ing to upgrade it as his talents permitted. 

A service of memory and celebration was held at Old 
Parish Church on Sept. 22. —John Wightman 




Peter Rowntree 



aims. They recruited many of the writers whose stories you've 
been reading. 

It quickly became apparent that a sponsoring "agency" 
was needed for the first Sheffield in Celebration and that a 
publisher was needed for a new version of the Sheffield Times. 
Peter's legal experience was 
put to use in setting up the 
Sheffield Association, and 
Peter agreed to be the new 
organization's first president. 
He led setting up the organi- 
zation as a non-profit under 
the aegis of the Berkshire 
Taconic Community Foun- 
dation — and then moving it 
to become its own 501(c)(3) 
not-for-profit — and helped 
raise the money every year 
that makes it possible to 
publish. 

Until a couple of year 
ago, you could find Peter's 
byline in almost every 
issue of the Sheffield Times. 
In 2002, he zestfully embarked on what we called "the town 
government" series, in which he visited various parts of the 
town government to understand — and relate — how they work. 
He pored over the Town's Annual Report. He worried over low 
turnouts for Town elections. 

With these articles, he helped people understand New 
England's selectmen form of government, why Sheffield had 
no mayor and what a Town Meeting does. He sorted out the 
differences between the Town's Fire Dept. and the volunteer 
Hose Company that answers the calls. For several years, he 
excerpted the minutes of the Board of Selectmen. He under- 
stood town government from the inside, too, having served on 
the Conservation Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals 
and as a Library Trustee. Under his leadership, the Sheffield 
Times started sending a special Town Election issue to everyone 
in town, with a full copy of the Town Warrant and profiles of 
the candidates, making it easier for people to understand what 
was being voted on. 

Peter also wrote about volunteers landscaping the front of 
the Sheffield Library, neighborhood protests about a gravel 
pit on Polikoff Rd., and many other topics. He served as our 
Library Editor and delighted in writing reports on books, many 
relating to Middle Eastern and other international issues. 

More recently, Peter had become interested in the School 
Committee for the Southern Berkshire Regional School and 
was one of those who called for the election of its members, 
rather than their appointment by town selectmen. 

Due to health reasons, Peter had to stop writing a couple of 
years ago. We have missed him every issue since. 
— Andrea Scott & Kathy Orlando, co-editors, the Sheffield Times 



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THIS 'N' THAT HABITAT STORE-SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE 



To step into the This n That 
Habitat Store just down 
the road in Canaan, CT, is 
to step into Aladdin's Cave. 
From the moment you enter, 
treasures beckon. The prices 
are modest, allowing the 
pleasure of having an inex- 
pensive fling for something 
you perhaps don't really 
need. Looking for Thanks- 
giving wineglasses to replace 
the set that got broken over 
the years? You'll find the 
perfect replacements here. Need a bidet, a 
bike or antique mahogany handrails with 
balusters? You're in the right spot. 

The store, which has been open since 
July 2011, is part of Habitat for Humanity, 




Buried treasures? 



donations of money and 
materials, Habitat builds 
and rehabilitates simple, 
decent houses for hom- 
eowners who, in addition 
to a down payment and 
monthly mortgage pay- 
ments, are expected to 
invest hundreds of hours 
of labor in their own 
and others' houses. The 
homeowners' monthly 
mortgage payments are 
used to build still more 
Habitat houses. Sometimes people donate 
land to Habitat as a site for the construc- 
tion of a house, or they'll donate a home 
that needs re-habbing. 

The items in the store come from 



Northwest Connecticut. It's at 403 Ashley donations. People who are downsizing or 



Falls Rd. (Route 7), opposite Decker and 
Beebe. The main store is on two floors, 
and there's an additional barn next door. 
All the workers in the store are volunteers, 
including the store manager, Judi Moore, 
formerly a high school Spanish teacher 
and guidance counselor at Housatonic 
Valley Regional in Falls Village. 

As Judi explains, Habitat for Human- 
ity is a nonprofit organization that 
provides affordable housing for people 
in need. Through volunteer labor and 



leaving the area can take a tax write-off. 
(If needed, donations can be picked up.) 
A further source of goods is what's left 
from local estate sales, with the owners' 
permission. Local antique dealers help 
with pricing. 

Customers in the store range from 
newlyweds setting up house to second- 
home owners furnishing a summer place. 
Peggy Magyar, another volunteer working 
in the store, says, "We get lots of people 
from Sheffield and Great Barrington." 



CONTRADANCES NO MORE 

Sheffield Contradances, which had been meeting at least once a month most 
months since 1978, ended with a final dance on Sept. 29 at Dewey Memorial Hall. 
The dances were run by the band Mountain Laurel, whose members since 1983 
have been Bonner McAllester (hammered dulcimer), Don MacLean (fiddle) and Joe 
Baker (guitar, caller). Joe stopped doing so much of the calling starting around 2000, 
and the band hired other callers to come to lead the dances. 

For most of its run, the dances took place at the Sheffield Grange, until the 
Grange sold its building in 2007 (it's now an antiques store). The dances then 
continued in Dewey Hall. Since 1990, the dances were on the fourth Saturday of the 
month. Before that, dances at the Grange had been held on the second and fourth 
Saturdays each month. 

The Sheffield Contradances were always known for their welcoming attitude 
toward beginning dancers and especially families with children. It was one of the 
few dances in New England not only to welcome children but also to include lots of 
New England-style square dancing mixed in with contradances. For many years, the 
dance was also known for its "Moon Dances" held in October and March each year 
with special entertainment, singing and home-made ice cream. 

The demise of the Contradances was largely due to dwindling attendance 
over the past few years. Mountain Laurel continues to play for dances and parties. 
Information can be found at www.mountainlaurelband.com. 



Then there are the treasure hunters, 
hoping to find that remarkable item at a 
bargain price. When I asked Judi about the 
most memorable item she had seen come 
through the store, she replied, "A Baccarat 
bowl." If you've checked out Baccarat 
pieces lately, you'll know this could have 
been worth thousands. 

And that's the fun of the store, what 
quickens the pulse and gets the heart 
thumping. Will you be the one to recog- 
nize that overlooked, remarkable gem, bur- 
ied amid the detritus from grandma's attic? 
Will you find the perfectly priced tureen 
for your holiday table? No matter what 
your purchase, you'll have the satisfaction 
of knowing that you're contributing to a 
worthy cause — win-win all round. 

When I was there I lusted after an 
1840s hand- worked sampler, beautifully 
framed and in perfect condition, but it was 
firmly in the grasp of a local dealer who 
was not relinquishing it and who quickly 
bought it. This was part of a collection 
of artwork that had just been brought 
in from an estate sale, and it was a true 
treasure trove. 

I was delighted with my eventual 
purchase, a stunning Audubon-style print, 
signed by the artist. As Peggy pointed out, 
"There is a little wiggle room in prices," and 
I ended up being very happy with what I 
paid for my find. 

Every penny from store sales goes 
into building or rehabbing houses, mostly 
in places like Falls Village, Sharon and 
Norfolk. "There are a lot of marginally 
employed people," says Judi, "as you can tell 
by how busy the food pantries are." Even in 
a "down" housing market, the cost of many 
area houses puts them out of reach for 
local people. Habitat for Humanity makes 
home ownership possible for those who 
might not otherwise qualify. 

Winter hours for the This 'n' That Habi- 
tat Store are Thursday through Sunday, 
10-4, although Judi says it's also open "by 
chance," if you see her car outside. During 
the summer, it's open seven days a week. For 
appointments or to make donations, call 
860-435-9109 or 860-435-9626. For more 
information on all Habitat offerings and 
activities, visit habitamwct.org. 

— Gillian Hettinger 



BAYER VOLUNTEERS BRIGHTEN A HOUSE 

Bayer MaterialScience's Sheffield division 
(formerly Sheffield Plastics) inaugurated 
its new volunteer program with a work 
day on Oct. 4 at property recently pur- 
chased by Construct, Inc. Ten members 
of the company's executive staff spent six 
hours cleaning and painting the upstairs 
and downstairs hallways, back stairway, 
half-bath and side parlor of a beautiful 
old Victorian home on State Rd. in Great 
Barrington. 

Music, laughter and the camaraderie of 
shared work filled the house as the volun- 
teers improved the house and enjoyed time 
away from the office and an opportunity to 
contribute to the community. 

The house, purchased by Construct 
in July, will provide permanent affordable 
housing for five men who are "graduates" of 
the men's shelter. A similar home has been 
successfully operating at another State Rd. 
location for several years. The two houses 
are a tangible answer to the housing needs 




of single men in South County. 

Sprucing up the new house 
is important, said Cara Davis, 
executive director of Construct, as 
she thanked Bayer Materials cience 
for its contribution. "I have learned 
that when the homeless find 

themselves in a house that is warm, Bayer's volunteers after a day of painting at a new 
clean and freshly painted, they take Construct property in Great Barrington: Mark 
great pride in their home. They DiCarlo, Ted Trautman, Tim Ryan, Ron Tanner, 
keep it clean. They abide by the Christine Goodall, Dennis Duff, Bill Kistler, foanne 
rules. They respect one another Keenan, Steve Godburn and Greg Hallam. 
and they respect the neighborhood. 

They live up to the expectations the company's commitment to improving 

reflected by the quality of their housing. the quality of life in their communities. 
So a simple thing like painting a room or a The company has maintained a leader- 

hallway has an enormous impact." ship position in innovation and quality 

Bayer's volunteer program, coordinated production of extruded thermoplastic sheet 
by Christine Goodall, human resources products and is continually seeking ecologi- 

manager, gives regular full-time and part- cally compatible applications for its existing 
time employees paid time off to participate products. The Sheffield location employs 
in volunteer activities with charitable approximately 156 men and women, 

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Despite the rain before, during and after the festivities, hundreds of 
people attended the 12" 1 annual Sheffield Fair on Sept. 8 at the Town 
Park. After the Fair, many folks adjourned to Dewey Hall's 125 c ^ 
anniversary celebration. The Sheffield Association (which publishes 
the Sheffield Times and sponsors Sheffield in Celebration, the festive 

"umbrella" encompassing these events) would like to thank everyone who made the 

event a tremendous success. Here are some highlights. 





Above: Kristen Wolfe shows one of 
her chickens in the Showmanship 
and Fitting competition, where 
entrants must answer judges' ques- 
tions about the breed and show the 
animal off for the audience. Below: 
Tobey Hill Farm brought informa- 
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Left: Trudy Weaver Miller 
and John-Arthur Miller 
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of Dewey Hall's 125 th 
anniversary. The 44-star 
flag behind her is a recent 
discovery from Dewey 
Hall's attic. It was briefly 
the official flag of the United 
States, right after Wyoming 
was added as a state in 
1890. Above: Commemo- 
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Community News 



WHAT THE GLACIERS LEFT BEHIND 

Our Taconic and Berkshire Hills are smoothed remnants of 
very old mountains eroded over millions of years by wind, rain 
and much ice. What we see today on both sides of the Housa- 
tonic River valley was polished by the last of two Wisconsin 
glaciers some 12 thousand years ago, with maybe two other 
glaciations before that. Ice perhaps 5,000 feet thick passed over 
Berkshire County and its mountains, transporting much of 
the glacial till — sand, clays and rocky debris — into an arc from 
New Jersey and Long Island to Marthas Vineyard, Nantucket 
and Cape Cod. 

The ponderous ice scoured out our valleys and lakes and 
plucked boulders from the backs of ridge crests. As the sheets 
of ice melted, successions of rushing melt waters carried gravels 
and clays into deep valleys and fissures, creating our local fertile 
flood plains. Also, here and there, boulders entrained in the 
moving ice came to rest on scoured rocky mounds and knolls. 
To our north, "trains" of quartzite boulders mat the north sides 
of hills, as on Three-Mile Hill, Christian Hill and Tom Ball 
Mountain in Great Barrington. In our southern plains, one 
finds occasional glacial erratics, boulders from distant moun- 
tains, scarred from grinding under the melting ice and now 
found perched on local ledges. 

Some famous New England erratics are Plymouth Rock, a 






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fragment of a much 
larger boulder near 
the present historic 
site, Cape Cod's 
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Pittsfield's Balance 
Rock. Lesser- 
known boulders 
are dispersed Glacier erratics abound in local woods. This 

among our South one is at Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary 
County woods. off Silver St. 

Perhaps the most accessible glacial erratic can be visited 
in Mass Audubon's Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, off 
Silver St. in Sheffield. There a short hike on the trail takes 
one past abandoned lime quarries and the attendant kiln to 
a large boulder in the woods perched on an ice-smoothed 
ledge. The bottom of one face of the boulder shows large 
grooves gouged out by rubbing against rocks and ledges. 
From the other side, one can see the smoothed bedrock 
ledge and the crystalline shape of the boulder, revealing the 
lines of fracture that released the plucked boulder to the 
passing glacier as it abraded some distant rise. 

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breast cancer. 

According to 
Berkshire Choral 
Festival's Marketing 
and Development 
Director, Lusha 
Martin, the festi- 



$5,000 GRANT FOR FESTIVAL 

The Berkshire Choral Festival, which 

last August concluded its 31 st season in 

Sheffield, was recently awarded a $5,000 

grant from Berkshire Bank Foundation. 

The award was one of four $5,000 grants 

and five $1,000 grants given to regional 

nonprofits by the foundation as part of its 

Summer of Excitement giveaway program, val also recently 

The program, which ran June 4 
through August 31, allowed the commu- 
nity to help decide how some of the foun- 
dation's grant funds are awarded. Voting 
took place online on the bank's Facebook 
page. All nonprofit organizations with 
a 50 1(c) 3 tax-exempt status located in 
the bank's service area were eligible. Over 
5,000 votes were cast, and the BCF was 
the top vote-getter in Berkshire County. 




received a $10,000 
grant for its 2013 
summer program 
from the Massachu 
setts Cultural Council. 

Every summer since its founding 
in 1982, the Berkshire Choral Festival 



Choral Festival Wins grant. From left, Gary Levante, foundation 
program coordinator for Berkshire Bank; Deanna Markham, manager 
of the banks Sheffield branch; Lusha Martin, marketing and develop- 
ment director of the festival; Debi Kennedy, president of the festival; and 
Peter J. Lafayette, foundation executive director for the bank. 



standing-room-only performance of a 
multi- media concert drama of what is 
now known as the Defiant Requiem, 
based on the Verdi Requiem as per- 



has held at least four concerts on the 

campus of Berkshire School. The Festival formed by inmates of the concentration 

attracts 200 singers a week from across camp in Terezin. The 2013 season will 

The winners in other regions served by the the country and around the world who feature performances of works by Bach, 

bank were Springfield Technical Commu- rehearse and then perform, under the Britten, Vaughn Williams, and Vivaldi, as 

nity College (Pioneer Valley), The Empire baton of famous choral conductors, with well as an evening of blues, spirituals, and 

State Youth Orchestra (New York), and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and gospel music. 

Casting for Recovery (Southern Vermont), prominent soloists. For further information, call 229- 

a fly-fishing program for women with Last summer's program included a 8526 or visit www.choralfest.org. 



DOLLAR GENERAL, continued from page 1 



Town boards that would weigh in, and 
if restrictions regarding setbacks are 
followed, the chain can build such a store 
"by right," meaning without any public 
hearing or input. 

Some 25 residents went to the Board 
of Selectmen's meeting on Oct. 15, where 
Catherine Miller read a statement express- 
ing concern about the chain store moving 
into Sheffield. The Board referred all ques- 
tions to Tom Carmody, the town building 



inspector and zoning enforcement officer. 

Dollar General believes in "locating 
our stores based on customer need and 
convenience," according to its website. 
The site lists further criteria: that it's 
located along retail corridor with good 
traffic, high visibility and "full ingress and 
egress" in an area where there's at least 
4,500 people and the median household 
income is less than $75,000. It describes 
its prototype building as being 70 by 130 




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From the site plans submitted to the Town zoning enforcement officer. Route 7 in on the left. 



feet, with "customer friendly parking" for 
at least 30 cars and accessible by a truck 
with a 53 -foot trailer. 

Carmody released preliminary site plans 
on Oct. 26, just before this issue went to 
press. The plans follow the prototype, with 
the building sited at the southern edge of 
the property, 30-foot side facing Route 7 
and a far corner on the 20-foot setback line. 
The back of the property is wedands, and 
the back of the building would lie within 
the 100-foot wedands buffer. 

Twenty of the proposed 30 parking 
spaces would be between the building and 
the road, the other 10 along the north, 
long side of the building. (The setback for 
the parking area in front would be only 7, 
not 40 feet, requiring a variance, say the 
plans.) The entry would be at the north 
side of the lot. Signs would be on the 
building and by the side of the road. 

Concerned residents are planning a 
meeting to discuss options. At the very 
least, interested parties will work to affect 
the external appearance of the structure 
and the landscaping so it's appropriate to 
the historic nature of the town. 



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Church News 



RELIGIOUS SERVICES 



FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 

Sheffield's Food Assistance Program continues to provide weekly 
assistance to the hungry in the Southern Berkshire region. It cur- 
rently is serving 80 people in 40 households. 

"By the holidays last year we were helping well over 100 people," 
said Marcia Brolli."We expect that kind of increase again this year." 

Donations may be made to the Sheffield Food Assistance 
Program, c/o Old ParishChurch, P.O. Box 387, Sheffield, MA 
01257, and there's a collection barrel year-round in the Sheffield 
branch of Berkshire Bank. 

Groups are also important providers. This year, as in the past, 
for instance, the Sheffield Kiwanis will be preparing baskets of 
food for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Salisbury Bank has begun its annual "Fill the Basket" campaign, 
with collection points for non-perishable goods and household 
supplies in each of its eight branches. Sheffield's program will be 
one of the five area food pantries that benefit from Salisbury Bank 
customers' generosity. Collections will continue through Dec. 14. 

Items especially welcome include soups, unsweetened cereals, 
mac and cheese, staples such as mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard 
and items like paper towels and soap. 

CHICKEN PIE SUPPER 

Dec. 1 , 5-7pm the I st Congregational Church of S. Egremont will 
host its Chicken Pie Supper. Adults $10, Children 5-7 $5, under 5 
are free. Dec. 24, 7pm enjoy a Christmas Eve Carol service. 



ASHLEYFALLS 



Greenwoods Community Church (non-denominational), 355 Clayton Rd. 
229-8560; parsonage (860) 824-7442. Sunday: 9:30am Sunday School (ages 3-adult); 
10:30am Worship Service, nursery care provided. Rev. Edward M. Eastman Jr., Pastor 

Trinity Methodist (United Methodist Church), 1156 Ashley Falls Rd. 518-329- 

3606. www.ashleyfallsumc.org. Sunday: 11am Worship Service. Ken Phesay, Pastor. 

EGREMONT 



First Congregational Church of South Egremont, 34 Main St. 528-2209. Sunday 
Worship: 10am. Rev. Steven Blackburn and Rev. Susan Wyman, Interim Pastors. 

GREAT BARRINGTON 



Congregation Ahavath Shalom (reconstructionist), North St. 5284197. Friday, 
8pm & Saturday, 10am. Services not held every week. Schedules are updated on 
answering machine 

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Rd. 528-6378. Friday: 7:30pm Shabbat 
Service. Saturday: 10am Shabbat service & Torah study. Rabbi Deborah Zecher, 
Associate Rabbi Ari Rosenberg 

SHEFFIELD 



Christ Church Episcopal & Trinity Lutheran,180 Main St. 229-8811. Sunday: 
8am & 10am Holy Eucharist; 10am Sunday School & child care; Thursday: 10am Holy 
Eucharist & Healing. Rev. Anne Ryder 

Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, Route 7 & Kellogg Rd. 229-8649. The 
public is welcome. 

Old Parish (United Church of Christ), 125 Main St. 229-8173. Sunday: 10am 
Worship. Rev. Jill Graham, Pastor 

Our Lady of the Valley (Catholic), Maple Ave. 229-3028. Saturday: 4:00pm Mass; 
Sunday: Sheffield 7:30am, 9am Masses; Mill River 10:30 Mass. Rev. Bruce Teague 

Sheffield Chapel (non-denominational), 1970 N. Main St. 528-2911, www. shef- 
fieldchapel.org. Sunday: 10:45am Worship, 9:30am Sunday School for all ages. Wed.: 
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Library News 



LOCAL AUTHORS DAY IS NOV. 17 



The Bushnell-Sage Library celebrates 
Berkshire writers with its ninth annual 
Local Authors' Day on Sat., Nov. 17, 
from 10am to 12:30pm. Some 40 authors 
from the tri-state area are expected to 
display their books, speak with visitors 
and sign books that are sold. It's a good 
opportunity to begin holiday shop- 
ping, and a book inscribed and perhaps 



BOOK GROUP READING 

Frances Roth has taken on running 
the Library's book group after Judy 
Rosley resigned. The group meets on 
the first Thursday of each month. 

Coming books: Hotel on the Corner 
of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (Dec. 
6); When the Emperor Was Divine by 
Julie Otsuko (Jan. 3); Under the Banner 
of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (Feb. 7). 

Questions? Call Frances at 
413-248-5019. 



personalized by the author makes an 
extra-special gift. 

Among the authors attending this 
year are children's writer Ty Allan 
Jackson, creative non-fiction writer 
(and Berkshire Eagle columnist) Kevin 
O'Hara of Pittsfield, and gardening 
experts Ron Kujawski and his daughter, 
Jennifer Kujawski. Other writers include 
James Ciullo, Gina Hyams, Bill Meier, 
Margaret Roach, Ron Ronnow, Barbara 
Shook- Hazan, Peter Steiner, Jessica 
Treat, Hiide Weisert and Leslie Wheeler. 

No other organization in the area 
brings local writers together in one place 
for an event like this. Library Director 
Nancy Hahn says, "We are pleased to 
bring local authors to our library and 
promote reading in this way." 

The event, sponsored by the Friends 
of the Library, is free. Refreshments will 
be served. For additional information, call 
Frances Roth at 413-248-5019. 




THE BUSHNELL-SAGE LIBRARY 

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NEW: LOW-VISION AID 

The first floor of the library is the new 
home of an Aladdin vision machine. My 
mother found the use of this reading 
aid invaluable during the last 15 years 
of her life when her sight was severely 
impaired, and we want it now to 
benefit as many people as possible. 

The Aladdin is essentially a magnifier. 
You place books, bills, recipes, letters 
or other printed material on a slid- 
ing platform, where the type can be 
enlarged considerably with the turn of 
a knob. Easy to use, the Aladdin makes 
print readable for people with macular 
degeneration and other vision problems. 

We hope many will find it useful. 

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Collecting, Preserving and Transmitting 
Sheffield's History for the Future 

The 1774 Dan Raymond House Museum offers tours 

May through September. Come explore the daily lives of 

common people from the Revolutionary generation onward, 

including the intriguing history of the Sheffield Tory for 

whom the house is named. 

The Mark Dewey Research Center houses the town's early 

archives, including tax and real estate records, historic 

photographs, and genealogical research. Open most 

Mondays and Fridays, from 1:30 to 4pm, year round. 

The 1834 Old Stone Store located on the Town Green func- 
tions as the Society's gift shop and exhibition space. Open 
weekends April to December. 



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Village Green 



SENIOR CENTER EVENTS AND NEWS 



Fletcher retires as assistant director. 

After 12 years and three directors, Barbara 
Fletcher retired as assistant director of the 
Sheffield Senior Center as of Oct. 10. The 
day before, a lunch gathering at the Senior 
Center honored her with good food, good 
music and many kind and thankful tributes. 
Willie Ninenger and his wife entertained 
with down home oldies-but-goodies, end- 
ing with "Happy Trails to You!" 

We have not waited long "until we 
met again." Barbara has already stepped 
in as a volunteer, continuing her For Arts' 
Sake class. She's also participating in the 
exercise class. She does, however, have 
more time to do other things she enjoys, 
including reading, painting and gardening. 
Congratulations and thank you, Barbara! 

Listening session. Elder Services of 
Berkshire County is continually trying 
to keep informed about its constituents' 
unmet needs. To that end, the Senior 
Center will be hosting a "listening ses- 
sion" at 11:30 on Tues., Nov. 13, entitled 
"Needs of Elders." The session will be led 
by Louisa Weeden, planning and develop - 




Loet Velmans sharing his story at the Senior Center. 



ment specialist from Elder Services. What 
do you think are the most pressing unmet 
needs of seniors? Elder Services wants to 
know. Come and participate in this discus- 
sion. Refreshments will be provided. 
Watch out for Medicare scams. 
Some people do take advantage of others, 
and senior citizens can be easy to prey 
on. We've heard there are people trying 
to take advantage of the confusion that 
accompanies open enrollment for Medi- 
care, Medigap, and prescription programs 
(which this year runs from Oct. 15 to 
Dec. 7). Remember, Medicare and Social 
Security do not call or visit to sell you 
anything. Treat your Medicare, Medicaid, 
and Social Security numbers as you would 
a credit card and never give these numbers 
to a stranger. If something seems too good 
to be true, it usually is! 

Shared experiences at Senior Center. 
Recently more than 30 people gathered 
at the Senior Center for a wonderful 
program. Sheffield resident Loet Velmans 
shared his experiences as a prisoner of war 
in World War II, which he has recounted 
in a book, Long Way Back 
to the River Kwai, published 
in 2003. The book has now 
been republished with a new 
introduction by Loet and is 
available digitally. The pro- 
gram was one of a continuing 
number of personal stories 
and travels shared by mem- 
bers of our community at the 
Senior Center. 

— John-Arthur Miller, 
Senior Center Director 




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FRIENDS OFTHE SHEFFIELD 
SENIOR CENTER 

New TV. The Friends recently pur- 
chased a 32-inch flat-screen TV and 
Blue Ray DVD player for the Senior 
Center. The TV is mounted on the 
wall of the conference room where 
folks watch the center's weekly movie 
presentations. 

Necklaces for sale. Many of 
the women at the Center have been 
busy making beautiful 
crocheted necklaces 
that are being sold as 
a fundraiser for the 
Friends. Over two 
dozen have already 
been sold! They're on 
display at the Center 
and make wonderful 
and unique presents. 

Crafts fair 
and tag sale. On 
Sun., Dec. 2, from 1 0am to 2pm,The 
Friends will be holding its first Holiday 
and Crafts Fair and Tag Sale. Many 
vendors have already signed up. You'll 
be able to buy the crocheted neck- 
laces there, along with antiques, other 
jewelry, crafts, homemade items, tag 
sale items, holiday decorations and 
gifts and more! Save the date and 
come see what will be on sale! Any- 
one interested in reserving a space to 
sell their items can call Claudia Martin 
(229-2871). Rates are $20 for a five- 
foot square space, $25 for six by five 
and $30 for eight by five. 

Always welcome. And as always, 
stop by the Senior Center anytime to 
join in the many fun activities, to work 
on a puzzle or to just visit! Or visit us 
on the web.Also, don't forget to bring 
your unwanted books to the Got- 
Books bin. Hope to see you soon! 

— Claudia Martin 



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FROM THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S MINUTES 



June 26 working meeting (posted late) 
The Board of Selectmen discussed 

a proposed conservation restriction on 

West Rd. with the 

Conservation Com- 
mission co-holding 

the restriction with 

the Sheffield Land 

Trust. Questions 

arose regarding the 

recording fees asso- 
ciated with filing 

the restriction, and 

discussion was tabled 

until Kathy Orlando, 

from the Sheffield 

Land Trust, could 

be present to answer 

questions. 

Discussion ensued 

regarding the appeal 



NEWS FROM TOWN HALL 

Holiday schedule. Town Hall 
will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 for 
Thanksgiving and Dec. 24 and 25 
for Christmas. 

Town Hall will be calling. 
"We are in the process of imple- 
menting the "Reverse 911" system 
for emergency notifications and 
outreach messages," says Rhonda 
LaBombard, Sheffield Town Admin- 
istrator. "A test message will be 
sent out when the system is ready 
to go live, probably in the first two 
weeks of November." 



deductible for repairs to Fire Engine 
Truck II. The board decided to allow 
the Finance Committee and the Town 
Administrator to 
decide how the 
deductible would 
be funded. 

The Board voted 
to allow former 
Police Chief James 
McGarry to buy out 
six weeks' vacation 
time from FY2012. 
The Massachu- 
setts Public Interest 
Research Group 
(MASSPIRG) 
requested permission 
to canvas in Shef- 
field for their annual 
membership drive to 



of a Zoning Board of Appeals decision — update the Bottle Bill. The Board decided 
the Harvey Land Court appeal of a 1996 not to take action on the request, 
decision. [Note that this was erroneously 
cited as the "Hanlon Land Court appeal" in 
the writeup oj the Board of Selectmen's June 
18 minutes in the last issue.] The Board 
decided that the Town would not take 
further action at this time. 

The Board voted to extend the current 
contract with the Center for Ecological 
Technology for household hazardous 
waste collection. It voted to extend the 
contract for scrap metal recycling with 
JTC and Sons until a new contract is 
drafted and signed. 

It voted to award a contract for 
reclaiming asphalt to Gorman Bros., Inc., 
the low bidder, for the Berkshire Region 
Group Purchasing Program of highway- 
related goods and services. 

The Board discussed the delay of 
Chapter 90 funds from the Massachu- 



The Board moved into Executive Ses- 
sion to discuss collective bargaining. 

Aug. 20 working meeting 

The Board discussed the structure 
of the Police Dept. and the creation of a 
position of Sergeant. The position will 
be covered by a separate employment 
contract, not the union contract, and will 
be posted internally. 

The Board discussed hiring a full- 
time police officer. The position will be 
advertised in the Eagle, Record, Shop- 
per's Guide, and at Town Hall and the 
Police Station. 

Aug. 20 regular meeting 

Lindsey Erichetto from Berkshire 
Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) 
was present to ask the Board to accept 



setts Dept. of Transportation. Selectman the Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Board 



Rene Wood said she would discuss the 
issue with State Senator Ben Downing. 

Discussion was tabled on the appoint- 
ment of an Electrical Inspector. 

Selectman Wood presented draft let- 
ters regarding H. 4112, a wind-siting act 
standards bill, and H. 4198, an act relative 
to competitively priced electricity. The 
Board voted to send the letters as written. 

The Board discussed the $1,000 



will take it under advisement and make a 
decision at the next meeting. 

Nat Karns, executive director of the 
BRPC, was present to give an update on 
the "Rest of River" cleanup. The Board 
voted to sign the letter to the Environ- 
mental Protection Agency he had drafted 
regarding the Housatonic River cleanup. 

The Board introduced Eric R. 
Munson III as the Acting Police Chief. 



Chief Munson thanked the Board for its 
support and invited Sheffield residents to 
stop in and introduce themselves. 

The Board voted to accept Chief 
Munson's recommendation of Tricia 
Wilkinson, Shaun Reagan and Chris- 
topher Jackson as Reserve Intermittent 
Police Officers for three-year terms. 

The Board voted to update the Town's 
personnel policy so all regular part-time 
employees are credited with four days 
personal leave with pay on July 1 of every 
fiscal year. 

The Board voted to send letters to 
Governor Deval Patrick, Representa- 
tive William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Sena- 
tor Downing and Geoffrey Beckwith, 
executive director of the Massachusetts 
Municipal Association, thanking them 
for their legislative accomplishments. 

Administrator Rhonda LaBom- 
bard announced that Chris Tomich has 
requested to be appointed as an alternate to 
the Planning Board. Action on the appoint- 
ment will take place at the next meeting. 

Additional FY 2013 Appointments to 
Town Boards and Commissions: Helen 
Johnston, a three-year term on the Council 
on Aging; Kathy Ness and Wendy Case, 
three-year terms on the Cultural Council; 
and Tom Carmody, one-year term on the 
Local Emergency Planning Committee. 

Robert Weitz sent a letter of resigna- 
tion from the Board of Assessors. Joseph 
Gulotta resigned from the Fire Depart- 
ment. The Board voted to send them 
letters of thanks. 

Selectman Wood recounted a tour 
she'd given two members from the 
Massachusetts Municipal Association 
of Sheffield and noted that the Berk- 
shire Regional Planning Commission 
has a team that studies traffic planning. 
Chairman David Smith, Jr., extended well 
wishes to Selectman Julie Hannum, who 
is recovering from an injury. 

Administrator LaBombard announced 
that Ryan Shimmons and Tom Reynolds 
from the Highway Dept. took second 
place in the Berkshire County Snowplow 
Rodeo, sponsored by Mass Highway, and 
will be traveling to Fitchberg for the state 
competition in September. 

Continued on page 16 



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Village Green 



MINUTES, continued from page 1 5 



Marilyn Wightman and Dennis Sears 
were present to discuss concerns about 
the intersection of Cook Rd., Miller 
Ave. and Bow Wow Rd. Chief Munson 
has placed patrols in the area and will 
continue to do so. 

Trudy Weaver Miller asked whether 
trash receptacles might be placed on the 
Village Green. She also asked about the 
Board's decision on allocating funds to 
the Sheffield Association for the mailing 
of the Annual Town Meeting Warrant. 

Aug. 30 working meeting 

The Board discussed Transfer Station 
employees being at the Transfer Station 
when it's closed. 

The Board voted to use money from the 
Berkshire School gift fund to pay for repairs 
needed for County Rd. [Berkshire School 
gave the town a donation of $37,500 in June.] 

The board voted to appoint Jeff Browne, 
Claudia Martin, Lois Van Cleef, Carl Schu- 
mann, Fred Harwood and David Smith, Jr., 
to the Senior Center Building Committee. 
A meeting will be scheduled for the week of 
Sept. 17. 

Selectman Wood noted changes to the 
Community Preservation Act and asked 
that a representative attend a future meeting 
to discuss them. 

The Board then discussed the Town's 
technology needs, the use of the Library 
by town boards and committees and 
electric rates. 

The Board voted to purchase three 
trash receptacles and three recycling 
receptacles to place on Main St. 



Sept. 10 working meeting 

The Board met with the three Transfer 
Station attendants to discuss Transfer 
Station policies, job descriptions, the met- 
als bin, signage and the station's neatness 
and appearance. The board reminded the 
attendants that the Town Administrator 
must approve in advance their working 
more than one-half hour before the station 
opens or closes and that air conditioners and 
heaters must be turned off when the station 
is closed. The Board requested that all 
buildings be cleaned out within the next two 
weeks and that the premises be kept clean. 
Discussion ensued regarding layout, design 
and the swap shop. 

Sept. 13 working meeting 

The Board entered Executive Session to 
discuss litigation strategy. 

Back in Open Session, Selectman Wood 
gave an update on a meeting Housatonic 
River cleanup issues. The Board voted to 
appoint her to represent Sheffield in "Rest of 
River" matters, with Administrator LaBom- 
bard as the alternate. 

The Board discussed the use of the 
Library and donations made to the Library. 

It voted to contact Berkshire Regional 
Planning Commission to conduct a study 
of the intersection of Bow Wow Rd., Cook 
Rd., and Miller Ave. 

Sept. 17 working meeting 

The Board conducted a conference via 
telephone and computer with Chris Girar- 
din from Blackboard Connect regarding its 
Reverse 911 system. Selectman Hannum 



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the mail soon. A quick response is 
appreciated. This data is required for 
the preparation of the Annual Street 
Listing (Census) that goes out the first 
full week of January. 



participated from a remote location. The 
annual fee for the system is estimated to be 
$3,776, which includes support. The Board 
decided to request a written proposal from 
Blackboard Connect. 

Sept. 17 regular meeting 

Selectman Rene Wood stated that she 
researched ICLEI-Local Governments 
for Sustainability (formerly the Interna- 
tional Council for Local Environmental 
Initiatives), which advocates for sustain- 
ability. The program is well established. 
The Board voted to engage with Berk- 
shire School and the program for climate 
change adaptation. 

Jeff Browne, Chair of the Council on 
Aging, and Michelle Harwood, a member of 
the council, were present to discuss usage of 
the Senior Center building. The Board rec- 
ommended that the Council on Aging adopt 
a policy that would allow Town-sponsored 
boards or boards that supports the council 
to use the building. 

Barbara Fletcher, assistant Senior 
Center director, submitted a letter of 
resignation. The Board voted to send her 
a letter of thanks. The Board also voted to 
change the title "Acting Chief of Police" to 
"Interim Chief." 

Selectman Hannum stated that it 
was great to be back after her injury and 
thanked Administrator LaBombard for 
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Administrator LaBombard announced 
that the Highway Dept. has received their 
new backhoe. 

The Board went into Executive Session 
for the purpose of contract negotiation. 
When it returned to Open Session, the 
Board voted to approve the employment 
contract for Interim Police Chief Eric 
Munson III. 



DEER SEASON 

Time to be careful about walking in the woods! Deer season for archery this year 
runs from Oct. 1 5 to Nov. 24. Shotgun season is Nov. 26 to Dec. 8, and primitive 
firearms season is Dec. 10 to 31. 

There is no hunting on Sunday. Hunting hours are from one-half hour before 
sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. 

Sheffield requires written permission to hunt on private or town-owned prop- 
erty. Hunting is not permitted within 500 feet of any dwelling or building except as 
authorized by the owner or occupant, nor within 1 50 feet of any state or hard- 
surfaced highway. 



Sept. 18 working meeting 

The Board entered Executive Session for 
the purpose of discussing litigation strategy. 

Back in Open Session, the Board voted 
to purchase the Blackboard Connection 
Reverse 911 System, spending up to $4,000 
of the Berkshire School ^it fund. 

The Board discussed the placement of 
garbage and recycling receptacles on the 
Village Green and decided to purchase four 
additional receptacles. 

The Board discussed the Police Depart- 
ment's Administrative Officer position and 
decided that this position would be four 
days on, two days off] effective July 1, 2013. 
The Board scheduled interview times for the 
new Sergeant position. 

The Board entered into Executive 
Session to discuss charges of alleged 
criminal misconduct and not to return to 
Open Session. 

Sept. 24 working meeting 

The Board interviewed Ryan Kre- 
siak, Jacob Gonska and Brian Fahey for 
the new Sergeant's position. After dis- 
cussion, the Board voted to offer Ryan 
Kresiak a one-year contract, effective 
Oct. 1, for the position. 

The Board discussed the Commission 
on Disabilities moving its meetings to the 
Senior Center. The Library Trustees have 
decided not to allow the commission to 
meet at the Library. 

The Board discussed the position of 
Assistant Senior Center Director. Adminis- 
trator Rhonda LaBombard will work with 
Senior Center Director John- Arthur Miller 
to create a job description for the position. 

Oct. 1 working meeting 

There was discussion regarding 
Transfer Station improvements. The 
Board will form a committee to look at 



expansion and usage at the station. 

The Board discussed the Berkshire 
Regional Transportation Authority 
(BRTA) and the possibility of applying 
for a grant through the Berkshire Regional 
Planning Commission so the BRTA can 
provide services to Sheffield. The current 
ending point is the Claire Teague Senior 
Center in Great Barrington. Selectman 
Hannum will contact BRTA. 

The Board discussed the Senior Center 
Building Committee and what it should be 
doing. A charge was drafted and a first meet- 
ing is being scheduled. 

It discussed scheduling a meeting with 
the Library Trustees and the possibility of 
drafting a memorandum to clearly define 
the responsibilities between the Library 
Trustees and the Board of Selectmen and 
Town Administrator. 

Administrator LaBombard stated that 
Janet Hogelin, Transfer Station attendant, 
returned to work on Sept. 30. 

The Board discussed personnel 
issues: the Assistant Senior Center 
Director job description (the Town 
Administrator will work with the Senior 
Center Director to draft it); and cover- 
age for the Electrical Inspector, who is 
currently unavailable to perform inspec- 
tions due to health issues. 

It also discussed an issue at the recent 
Zoning Board of Appeals hearing. Chair- 
man Smith will discuss the issue with the 
appropriate ZBA member. 

Oct. 1 regular meeting 

Frank Engles from Goodwill was pres- 
ent to discuss installing a Goodwill collec- 
tion container at the Transfer Station. The 
Board voted to do so. Details will be worked 
out between Engles and Administrator 
LaBombard. 

The Board voted to approve the 
Hazardous Risk Assessment for Hazard 
Mitigation as presented by the Berkshire 
Regional Planning Commission. 

It voted to enter into an agreement 



with Community Health Programs to 
participate in South County Assist, a 
program that makes a list of resources 
available to residents. 

After a discussion, the Board voted 
to add the Senior Center elevator to the 
Town's existing service contract with 
Thyssen Krupp. 

The Southern Berkshire Regional 
School District School Committee is 
forming a Superintendent Screening 
Committee. Selectman Hannum will serve 
as the Board representative. 

There will be a staff training workshop 
on Oct. 10 from 10:30am to 12pm given 
by Jane de Colgyll from All One Health 
Care, which partners with Massachusetts 
Interlocal Insurance Assoc, called "Coping 
with Conflict." Town Hall will be closed 
for the duration of the training so that all 
staff may attend. 

Selectman Hannum has contacted 
the Undermountain Elementary school 
principal regarding the annual Mas- 
sachusetts Municipal Association's Sixth 
Grade Essay Contest. She recognized 
Barbara Fletcher for her 17 years of 
service to the Town. 

Selectman Wood noted that the 
Southern Berkshire Elementary task 
force will be presenting information and 
getting input form the public on Oct. 
17 and that Kathy Roth will be doing a 
presentation on the Community Preser- 
vation Act on Oct. 15. 

Jeff Browne, chair of the Council on 
Aging, was present to discuss the pur- 
chase of a new sign for the Senior Center, 
which will be paid for by the Friends of 
the Senior Center. He also noted that the 
Council on Aging met and agreed that 
the usage of the Senior Center should 
be limited to Town-sponsored boards or 
boards that directly support the Council 
on Aging. 

The Board voted to enter Executive Ses- 
sion for the purpose of contract negotiation 
and not to return to Open Session. 



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Village Green 



FROM THE TOWN CLERK'S OFFICE 



Election information. Sheffield's 
polling location is the Senior Center 
located at 25 Cook Rd. We expect 
a high voter turnout. The ballot is 
lengthy, with several questions. Since 
this will be our first large-scale elec- 
tion at this location, your patience is 
appreciated. 

Voting should be steady throughout 
the day. Please be prepared to vote when 
you come into the polling location. You 
will have 10 minutes to vote, but if others 
are waiting, you will have only five. If 
you want to bring a "cheat sheet" with 
your choices on it, you may. Any ques- 
tions while you are at the polls should be 
addressed with the Election Warden. 

Any outstanding ballots that are being 
hand-delivered on behalf of a voter should 
be brought to the Clerk's office at Town 
Hall, not the polling location. 

If you have any concerns regarding 
your voting status, stop at the Town Hall 



to see the Board of Registrars before going 
to the polling location. 

Some things to consider before Nov. 6: 

♦ Are you registered.' 1 

♦ Did you respond to your Annual Street 
List (Census)? 

♦ Have you recently moved to or from town? 

♦ Has your registration address (street 
address) changed since last voting? 

♦ Have you had a name change? 

♦ Have you reviewed the questions that 
will appear on the ballot? 



All of these issues impact voting and 
should be resolved prior to going to the 
polls to insure a positive voting experience. 

The deadline to request an absentee 
ballot is noon Mon., Nov. 5, if you are 
voting "over the counter." If you need 
an absentee ballot mailed to you, allow 
enough time for the mailing process. 

For more information, see the Secretary 
of States website at www.sec.state.ma.us/ele 
or contact the Town Clerk's office. 

— Felecie Joyce, Town Clerk 



COMMISSION ON DISABILITIES 

The Commission on Disabilities' October Speaker Series at the Senior Center was very 
well attended and received.The topic was "Resources and Aids for Hearing Impairments." 

The Commission meets at the Senior Center on 25 Cook Rd. on the third 
Friday of the month at 3:30pm. The next three meetings are Nov. 1 6, Dec. 14 and 
Jan. 1 8. Meetings are open to the public. For information, contact Laura Grunfeld at 
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CONSERVATION COMMISSION: August and September meetings 



During the meetings held on Aug. 13 
and 27 and Sept. 10, the Commission 
held two public hearings on requests 
for Determination of Applicability of 
wetlands regulations: 

♦ Michael Stumo for property at 
615 Boardman St, Stumo is propos- 
ing renovation of about 75 feet of a 
stream, now overgrown with invasive 
plant species. Tom Ingersoll of Ingersoll 
Land Care said the work would include 
removing downed, dead and falling trees 
and removing invasives mechanically and 
using herbicide. The streambed capacity 
would be increased by making it deeper. 
Boulders would be installed and native 
species planted. 

The Commission set up a site visit. 
It determined that because the project 
would change the grade of the stream, 
it would require filing of a Notice of 
Intent to alter wetlands. It requested 
that Ingersoll consult habitat maps to 



see if there were any endangered species 
on the site. Also, since the work would 
be done on Town land, Town approval 
would be necessary. 

The public hearing was continued 
twice, without resolution. 

♦ Gregory Polanski for property on 
Polikoff Rd. Polanski wants to treat invasive 
plants with Rodeo within the buffer zone 
of an oxbow to restore native habitat. James 
Kelly, consultant on the project, had con- 
sulted Natural Heritage regarding endan- 
gered species. After a site visit, the Commis- 
sion had no objections to the project and 
issued a negative determination. 

In addition, Aidan Gilligan and 
Bobbie Jo Segalla submitted a request 
for determination for building a new 
house on land given by his parents, 
John and Elise Gilligan. The land has 
two wetlands and construction activity 
would be within the 100-foot buffer. A 
site visit will be scheduled. 



The Winstons on Fiddlehead Trail 

asked the Commission to inspect prop- 
erty near Three Mile Pond, where they 
want to remove dead trees. The Com- 
mission found that the trees in question 
were beyond the 100-yard buffer. 

Harry Conklin asked that Cer- 
tificates of Compliance be issued for 
property on Rote Hill Rd. in the 
estate of Judith Nelson. The Orders 
of Conditions date back many years, 
and the property is now being sold. The 
Commission visited the site with Steve 
Levine, an architect. They found the 
pond well developed, with mature plant- 
ings and no possibility of washing out. 
The certificates were issued. 

Gaetan Lachance, one of the mem- 
bers of the Conservation Commission, 
is moving to Great Barrington. He has 
asked the Town if he must be a resident 
to serve on the Commission and is wait- 
ing for a response. 



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Organizations & Businesses 



BIG ELM BREWING ON SILVER ST. 

Bill and Christine Heaton are perfect 
examples of a maxim attributed to Con- 
fucius: "Find a job you love, and you'll 
never have to work a day in your life." 
The two have recently opened Big Elm 
Brewing on Silver St., next to Monterey 
Masonry, and they are doing the thing 
they both love best — brewing beer. 

Brewing beer also brought them 
together. 

Christine, from Rhode Island, 
started home brewing when she was 
still in college, where she majored in 
chemistry. After graduating, she worked 
at labs doing adhesive research, but she 
found the work unfulfilling. She then 
went into the Peace Corps and spent 
two years in West Africa. When she 
returned, she worked in a small brew 
pub in Pennsylvania. Determined to 
become a brewer, she attended the Siebel 
Institute of Technology in Chicago — the 
only brew school in America — and the 
Doemens Academy brewing school in 
Munich, Germany. After three months 
at the two schools, where she learned 
all aspects of brewing beer, she went to 
work at the Victory Brewing Company 
in Philadelphia. 

Bill's route to brewing also began 
at home, in Pennsylvania, when his 
sister gave him a home brewing kit one 
Christmas. A degree in fine arts led him 
to product photography but he, too, 
was dissatisfied with his first career. He 
was brewing every weekend, loved the 
chemistry and science of it and decided 
to become a brewer. In the mid 1990s he 
sent out resumes to 10 brewers, indicat- 
ing that he would take on any brewing- 
related job. 

A small brewer hired him and he 
began at the bottom — literally — washing 
out kegs. But he began to learn the 
trade and moved up from there. He was 
eventually hired by the Victory Brewery 
Company, and he grew with them. They 
are now a large, nationwide brewery. 
While he was there, he hired Christine. 
Several years later they got married. 

Both Christine and Bill knew that 
their ultimate goal was to become 
independent brewers themselves. They 
loved New England and on a drive 



through Pittsfield 
they tried to eat at 
the Fighting Parson 
brew pub (formerly 
the Brewery 34 
Depot), but it had 
just closed down. 
Although they 
had never run a 
restaurant before, 
the couple decided 
to buy it, and in 
2005, they opened 
the Pittsfield Brew 
Works. 

"Running that 
restaurant was 
great business 
experience," Bill 
said, "and gave us 

our first chance to brew and sell our 
own beer. It also let us understand the 
'flavor profile' of the Berkshires — we 
got to know what beers and ales 
people liked and what they didn't." 

"The restaurant was a good begin- 
ning," Christine added, "but in 2009 we 
had our son, and we really wanted to 
concentrate on brewing. So in 2010 we 
sold the restaurant to Baba Louie's, and 
we started looking all over Berkshire 
County for a warehouse big enough to 
house huge beer tanks. We looked for 
a year and a half, and in the meantime 
I gave birth to our daughter. Finally, we 
found this huge facility here in Sheffield 
and got financing from the Hoosac Bank 
in North Adams." 

The building on Silver St. had been 
used as a plastic moldings factory. Bill 
spent long hours cleaning a half a foot of 
plastic dust from the floor. They installed 
the small brew tanks that they had used 
in Pittsfield and bought huge new ones. 

They named their new business "Big 
Elm Brewery" in honor of Sheffield's 
iconic Big Elm that used to stand where 
Silver St. intersects with Route 7. 

Two of their beers are Big Elm IPA 
(India Pale Ale) and Big Elm Stout. A 
special brew is "4 13 Farmhouse Ale" 
(named after the local area code), which 
uses pink peppercorns imported from 
Brazil by Melissa Kushi of HimalaSalt 




Christina and Bill Heaton amidst the brewing tanks. 



(see the related story on page 21), honey 
from Bear Mountain Aviary and lemon 
and chamomile from Hadley, MA. 

In addition to the stainless steel tanks, 
there are several large oak barrels in the 
brewery. These are Buffalo Trace whis- 
key barrels used for oak-aged beer. This 
as -yet unnamed beer will be ready by late 
fall and, Bill says, will be great for the 
holidays. 

Right now they are selling their 
first draft beer in kegs to local package 
stores. Their bottled beer will soon be 
sold at Spirited, Jim Nejaime's wine 
store in Lenox. The Heatons also just 
started canning their beer and will soon 
sell it in 12-ounce cans, which is unique 
for craft beers. 

"We try to source as many local 
products as we can," Bill says, "Right now 
most of our hops come from the west 
coast, England and Germany, but we 
hope to buy some hops from a small farm 
on Route 41 outside of Great Barrington. 
Our used hops are used by a local farmer 
in his animal feed." 

The Heatons have turned the front 
of the warehouse into a tasting room and 
retail shop, and Bill and Christine will 
soon offer tours. By January, they plan 
to hire at least two and eventually four 
employees and, someday, they would love 
to have a beer garden on their front lawn. 

— Judith Schumer 



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HOLIDAY PIES AND BASKETS 



PINK SALT COMES TO SHEFFIELD 



When listening to Melissa Kushi, the 
owner of HimalaSalt, talk about her 
product, you can't help becoming excited 
about pink salt from the Himalayas. 
Melissa, who is relocating her repacking 
facility from Great Barrington to Shef- 
field, is excited about bringing herself 
and her "studio" to the town. Her home 
and facility will be on Boardman St. near 
Kellogg Rd. in a former film production 
building. After she closes on the property 
in November and does minor renova- 
tions, she will be open for business early 
in 2013. 

Melissa chose Sheffield because she 
loved the idea of living and working 
in a rural agricultural setting. She also 
likes the soil in this area and plans to 
farm here. 

"And yet, we are just four miles from 
Great Barrington and 2Vi hours from 
New York and Boston. It's the perfect 
location for me." 

Melissa grew up on a farm in West 
Texas. "Farming is in my blood," she said. 
"And I also grew up with salt. My mother 
always carried a salt shaker in her pocket, 
and when she picked a tomato from the 
garden, she salted it before eating it. I 
picked up my love of salt from her." 

Melissa describes her pink salt as 
coming from a family-owned, sustainably 
sourced salt mine in the western Tibetan 
Plateau of the Himalaya Mountains. The 
salt is shipped in 20-foot containers. The 
45,000 pounds that arrive six times a 
year comes in many shapes and forms — 
boulders, chunks, coarse grains and fine 



grains. In her new facility, she will be set- 
ting up stone mills to grind the salt to the 
desired consistency. The unrefined salt is 
stone ground to retain natural minerals 
including iron, calcium and copper. 

"My products will be packaged under 
the strictest quality standards," Melissa 
says. "They're certified organic, kosher, 
and gluten-free. We will be inspected 
by Quality Assurance International, 
the leading USDA-accredited organic- 
product certifying agency. In addition, my 
building on Boardman St. will be green,' 
and 5 percent of my profits go to benefit 
the environment." 

Melissa first became interested in 
sustainable foods and ethical business 
models from her in-laws, Michio and 
Aveline Kushi, who first brought inter- 
est in macrobiotic food to the US in the 
1950s. She studied at the Kushi Institute 
in Boston (now in Becket) and 15 years 
ago, while studying cooking in London, 
she was introduced to the pink salt. She 
loved its quality, attributes and taste. She 
researched it and found a Himalayan 
source. Six years ago, she began selling it. 

Melissa opened a retail store in Great 
Barrington next to the Triplex Theater on 
Memorial Day 2011. However, she may 
not keep it open because she doesn't have 
the time to properly devote to it. 

"I am really a wholesaler," she says. 
She sells her products to Whole Foods, 
Wegmans, the Fresh Market, Coop 
stores, Lunds & Byerly's of Minnesota 
and others. Of the 120 salt companies 
in the U.S., according to a food industry 



Barb Davidson of Barb's Baked Goods 
is taking orders for Thanksgiving pies 
and holiday baskets. You can call or 
stop in at her shop on Route 7 to see 
what she has. She's open 1 0am to 5 or 
6pm through the holidays. 



agency, HimalaSalt currently ranks sixth. 
"We are number two in the specialty- 
gourmet division after Morton Salt," says 
Melissa, "and the number one Himalayan 
salt distributor in America." 

In addition to salt, Melissa also 
imports and sells various kinds of pepper, 
including black and green pepper from 
India, long peppercorns from Bali that 
look like green beans and organic pink 
peppercorns from Brazil. 

"The pink peppercorns from Brazil 
have a unique flavor," she says. "They are a 
sustainable harvest from a swath of small, 
indigenous trees. Just 20 percent of the 
trees are harvested at a time, providing 
employment for over 300 people." 

Melissa says she is very excited that 
Big Elm Brewing plans to use the pink 
peppercorns in its "413 Farmhouse Ale." 

Currently, Melissa has nine employ- 
ees but foresees hiring at least three 
or four and possibly as many as 10 
additional people. Once her facility on 
Boardman St. is fully operational, she 
would like to use some of her acreage 
to grow lavender for bath salts, possibly 
give cooking classes to teach people how 
to use her salts and peppers and keep 
bees for honey. She is delighted to once 
more be in Sheffield where she lived for 
many years and to be part of its vibrant 
business community. 

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COBBLE: BIRDS COMING EARLY 

All birds are great to a geek like me, but I've seen some cool 
birds this season at Bartholomew's Cobble. By "cool" I mean 
arctic and boreal birds, birds usually found at colder climes than 
Sheffield. (Okay, not my best joke ever.) 

That includes birds usually not seen until winter in this 
area. In mid-October, I saw more than 30 white-throated spar- 
rows and several juncos in a flock on the Ashley House lawn. A 
neighbor reports more than 50 pine siskins with a few purple 
finches at his bird feeder. That's the earliest I've seen these 
"winter" birds in the 11 years I've worked at the Cobble. 

According to several sources, this is going to be a big "irrup- 
tion year," when a great many birds, either unusual species or in 

unusual numbers, come to our area 
for the winter. There's been a wide- 
spread crop failure of fruiting and 
cone-bearing trees up north. So it's 
not surprising that pine siskins and 
others are already in our area search- 
ing for food. Other possible visitors 
this season are pine and evening gros- 
beaks, hoary and common redpolls 
and Bohemian waxwings. 

Large numbers of red-breasted 
nuthatches have already been seen 
out east. Sheffield's own Jacob 
Drucker has spotted red crossbills 
in Central Park. (If you don't know 
this bird, pull out your field guide. 
It looks as if someone has punched 
the bird in the face and broken its 
beak. The offset bill is used to spread 
pinecones apart to get at the seeds inside.) 

Most of these birds nest north of us, especially in Can- 
ada, with a few juncos taking advantage of the boreal climate 
atop Mt Everett. They hardly ever come to overwinter down 
by the Housatonic. 

It could be a great year for us bird lovers to see these hungry 
visitors. So break out those bird feeders and don't be stingy! I 



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age Bartholomew's 
Cobble, a National 
Natural Landmark, 
on Weatogue Rd. in 
Ashley Falls. It's open 
year-round, daily, 
sunrise to sunset. 
The Visitor's Center 
is open from 9am to 
4:30pm, Tues. to Sat. 
in winter.Admission is 
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MUSIC ON A SUNDA Y AFTERNOON 

As the sun was setting on the beautiful Berkshire Hills on Sept 9, 
many of us were once again treated to a Sunset Serenade by local 
bagpiper Don Worth. High up on Hurlburt's Hill at Bartholomew's 
Cobble, which we reached either on foot or in a pickup truck, Don 
played Scotland the Brave, Danny Boy and many other bagpipe 
classics. Before each piece, Don explained a little about the history 
of the melody. For example, the song Believe Me If All Those 
Endearing Young Charms was written and sung by a husband to 
his wife whose face had been disfigured by smallpox. 

We sat on benches or blankets, sipped our own wine or 
lemonade and enjoyed the best view in the Berkshires while Don 
played three sets on his bagpipes. The hills in the distance turned 
purple as we listened to the haunting sound of Amazing Grace. 
This annual concert, originally scheduled for Saturday but delayed 
by the weather, is a wonderful coda to Sheffield in Celebration. 

— fudith Schumer 

recommend black oil sunflower seed, with maybe some niger 
seed in a thistle feeder. But remember that bears may be around 
into December. Until then, take feeders in at night. 

Good luck and let me know what you see. I will be record- 
ing Sheffield's birds for various bird counts. 

And if you don't have your own bird feeder, you can 
always come over and check out the Cobble's feeders. 

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KIWANIS NEWS AND EVENTS 

Thanks! A shout out and big thank you's 
to all who supported our recent Radio - 
thon on Station WSBS and the Harvest 
Brunch at the American Legion Hall in 
late October. 

New! A Kiwanis tag sale. Our first- 
ever giant tag sale is coming to the Amer- 
ican Legion Hall the weekend of Nov. 
17 and 18. Many Kiwanis members have 
grumbled about not having time to stage 
their own yard sale this year, so we are all 
bringing our armfuls and truckloads of 
items to this community sale. The event 
should feature the greatest variety of 
"trash" and treasure ever assembled in one 
South Country location. 

The sale hours are 9am to 3pm both 
Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds will 
be divided between the People's Pantry in 
Great Barrington and the Sheffield Food 
Assistance Program. Jim and Lorainne 
Herlihy and Patricia Hardisty are orga- 
nizing the event. Don't miss it! 

The winter season. Kiwanis has a 
busy, busy season ahead! The Gas Card 
Raffle continues. The winning tickets 
will be drawn at our club meeting on 
Tues., Dec. 4. You can still buy chances 
for $1 each or a book of six tickets for $5. 
They're available at many local businesses 
or from Kiwanis members. 

The annual stock of gourmet nuts has 
arrived. This year we offer the regular can 
of mixed nuts or a can of chocolate-cov- 
ered nuts and other goodies. Both are $20 
a container. They make excellent holiday 
and houseguest gifts. You can buy them 
at many local businesses or from Kiwanis 
members. They'll be on sale until we run 
out. Since we ordered fewer cans than last 
year, it's smart to get yours now! 

Our fourth Annual "Warm the 
Children" campaign will conclude soon. 
You can find donor listings and a coupon 
for contributions in the Berkshire Record. 
Each selected child gets to shop with a 
family member and a Kiwanis "shopper" 
at Kmart in Great Barrington for $80 
worth of new winter clothing, from hats 
and coats to boots and socks. You can send 
donations to Sheffield Kiwanis — Warm 
the Children, P.O. Box 683, Sheffield, MA 
01257. Last year we were able to provide 
winter wear for 153 young people of 



South County. The demand 
is even greater this season. 
Jane Berger and David 
Johnson head this program 
for our club. 

Holiday bounty. For 
both the Thanksgiving 
and Christmas Holidays, 
Kiwanis delivers turkeys 
and vegetables to our 
two local food pantries. 
Dave Smith, Sr. has been 
in charge of this "Santa" 
operation. 

Members will also fill 
the "Christmas Child" 
shoeboxes for the Good 
Samaritan program. Last 
year 86 boxes were prepared, and this 
year we aim to raise that number to 100 
by the Nov. 12 deadline. These simple 
gift packages — with items like school 
supplies, small toys, socks, sunglasses 
and jewelry, customized by age and 
whether it's for a boy or a girl — are given 
to children in poorer countries of the 
world. Many of these youngsters have 
never received any kind of present before. 
JoAnn Shmulsky has been there in 
Ghana when some kids have opened their 
shoeboxes. Her photos of their awe-filled 
faces are priceless! 

Before Christmas, Kiwanis also enlists 
some of our "shoppers" to buy gifts for the 
local "Adopt a Child" program. Denise 
Rueger heads this project, in which we 
annually spend about $1,000 on gifts for 
South County kids who are in need. 

The big raffle. Before the December 
holidays (and probably before the gas-card 
raffle has ended), Dave Smith, Jr., will 
have the Annual Kiwanis Scholarship 
Raffle tickets ready for sale. The prize: a 
truck offered by Brian Palmer at Berkshire 
GMC or $15,000 in cash. Last year, the 
winners took the truck. Chances sell 
for $50 each, and only 1,000 tickets are 
printed. Last year, all were sold by Valen- 
tine's Night, when the winners were drawn 
at The Bridge Restaurant. So don't wait 
until the last week to get in the contest! 

This raffle provides most of the 
financing of the "Memorial Scholarships." 
Other funds raised made it possible to 




Lifetime achievement. Retired Sheffield police chief Jim 
McGarry (center) receives the Kiwanis Lifetime Achieve- 
ment award from Dave Smith, Sr., (left), at the Kiwanis 
Installation and Awards gala held at the Egremont Country 
Club on Oct. 6. State Senator Ben Downing (right) also read 
a proclamation. 



award over $30,000 in scholarships to 
seniors at Mt. Everett and Monument 
Mountain High Schools. Some awards 
are also given to those who apply for 
continuing their college educations. 

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWS AND EVENTS 



We are busy, busy, busy here at the 
Sheffield Historical Society. We have so 
many things planned, you're sure to find 
something to enjoy or participate in... or 
even volunteer to help. 

SpiritFest 2012. By the time this 
issue comes out, we will have celebrated 
our first (and hopefully soon-to-be 
annual) SpiritFest, an expansion of our 
ever popular Spirit Walk, where the 
ghosts of Sheffield residents-past tell you 
about themselves and the times they lived 
through. We screened a locally-filmed 
scary movie, but the zombie-making 
workshop and pumpkin carving had to be 
cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Plan 
on carving a pumpkin or creating your 
own zombie next year! 

Festival of Holidays. Have your gift 
lists ready and your party hats on for the 
grand opening of the Festival of Holidays 
at the Old Stone Store. The reception 
takes place on Fri., Nov. 9, from 7 to 



9pm. Come enjoy some refreshments, 
sample the homemade jellies, jams and 
preserves offered for sale and get a jump 
on your holiday shopping. The Festival of 
Holidays will run at the Old Stone Store 
every weekend from Nov. 10 through 
Dec. 24, 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and 
1 lam to 4pm on Sundays. 

Candy Cane Carnival. This year we are 
introducing a new social event — an evening 
of demonstrations by local artisans, some 
nationally known, who will share their 
expertise in making wreaths, centerpieces, 
Delia Robbia ceramics, wall hangings, 
pot-et-fleur and a special top-secret project 
for men only! Crafts for children, too. 
There will also be a silent auction of one 
item produced in advance by each artisan. 
Refreshments will be served and there will 
be time for socializing. 

The Candy Cane Carnival takes place 
Fri., Nov.30 from 7 to 9pm at Dewey 
Hall, with an entrance fee for adults 



(children free). Everyone will be provided 
with instructions on how to duplicate the 
demonstrated crafts at home. Don't miss it. 

Holiday Party. Our annual Holiday 
Party (for members only) takes place at 
the Dan Raymond House on Sun., Dec. 
16 from 4 to 6pm. There'll be a fire in the 
hearth of the 18 th century kitchen, wine 
and food on the table, music in the air 
and good cheer all around. All Sheffield 
Historical Society members are invited to 
join us for an afternoon of camaraderie as 
we gather to celebrate the season. 

January program. Unwind from 
the hectic holidays with an informative 
lecture on the Knox Trail by local histo- 
rian Bernard Drew when our monthly 
programs returns in January. Fri., Jan. 11, 
at 7pm at Dewey Memorial Hall. Free 
and open to the public. 

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SHEFFIELD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 

The Sheffield Business Association's new Membership costs $50 a year and is 

kiosk on the Village Green is slowly being open to Sheffield businesses, with associ- 

transformed by students at Mt. Everett ate membership available for businesses 

Regional High School. The next improve- from nearby communities and local 

ment is for it to be wired for solar power nonprofits. Only members will be able to 



and insulated. Then the interior walls 
will be outfitted with brochure racks and 
painted. While it will be operational this 
winter, the official opening will take place 
next spring. Plans are underway for an 
exterior bulletin board and a large map of 
Sheffield and Ashley Falls, showing area 
attractions, trails and businesses. 

The Sheffield Business Association 
meets monthly, typically on the third 
Wednesday of the month (in November 
and December it will meet on the second 
Wednesday because of the holidays) at 



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AMERICAN LEGION NEWS 

The Sheffield American Legion Post 
340, in conjunction with Boy Scout 
Troop 28, will be hosting a Veterans 
Day Dinner on Sun., Nov. I I , at the 
American Legion Post Home on 
Route 7There will be a social hour 
from 4:30 to 5:30pm, with dinner to 
follow.The dinner is free to veterans, 
$ 1 5 for others, paid in advance. Due 
to limited seating, reservations are 
required by Oct. 31. 

For information, questions or 
reservations, call George Oleen at 
229-6670. 



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and founder of Farrell 8C Company, LLC, a 
management consulting firm. He previ- 
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Stores, a retail company headquartered in 
Meriden, CT, and Berkshire Hills Ban- 
corp, headquartered in Pittsfield. 

Farrell graduated from St. Bonaven- 
ture University, NY, cum laude, in 1977. 
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LAND TRUST NEWS AND EVENTS 




Fall property 
walk. On Oct. 20, 

the Land Trust's 
annual jail walk on 
private, conserved 
land was led by Rene 
Wendell, the ranger 
at Bartholomew's 
Cobble. Over two 
dozen people gathered 
on a summer-like day 
to learn about forest 
ecology on a walk 
through the woods on 
Bow Wow Farm, off 
Bow Wow Rd. 

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On Sat., Nov. 10, from 1 0am to 
noon, Rene Laubach, direc- 
tor of Audubon's Berkshire 
Wildlife Sanctuaries, will lead 
a walk at the Lime Kiln Farm 
Wildlife Sanctuary on Silver St. 
The 250-acre property hosts 
a wide variety of animal and 
plant life, with hillside hayfields 
offering magnicent views of the 
Taconic Range and a 1 00-year- 
old lime kiln. 

Registration is required 
for this program. Call 4 1 3- 
637-0320 or register online at 
www.massaudubon.org. Fee 
for Sheffield residents and 
Audubon members: $5 ($7 for 
nonmembers); children free. 
Dress for the weather. Bring 
binoculars, water and a snack. 



The Sheffield Farmers' Market closed 
up for the 2012 season on Sept. 21. The 
market's Steering Committee, vendors, 
volunteers and market manager want to 
thank the community for its patronage. 
There was a new energy to the market 
this year, largely due to the presence of 
our young market manager, Sheffield resi- 
dent Amelia Wolfe. She brought ideas, 
new and more diverse vendors, and a new 
vitality to the Farmers' Market. 

Many community donors helped the 
Farmers' Market purchase a new tent, 
tables and more signs, launch CornFest 
and advertise in local media. A huge 
thank you to Emily 8c John Alexander, 
Berkshire 1802 House, Lo-Yi & Millie 
Chan, Neil & Kathleen Chrisman, Christ 
Church Episcopal Trinity Lutheran 
Church, Paul 8C Carol Collins, Sally 




The Farmers' Market's Cornfest!, which took 
place on Aug. 10, included many family - 
friendly activities, such as "bobbing for corn." 

Chamberlin Cook, Peter & Patricia 
Elsbach, the Green Pastures Fund of the 
Berkshire Taconic Community Founda- 
tion, Richard & Athena Kimball, Allison 



Lassoe, Catherine & Jim Miller, Trudy & 
John- Arthur Miller, Chris & Jane Nye, 
Libby O'Connor, Susan Rothschild & 
Don Freedman, Peter & Ellen Rowntree, 
Dennis Sears & Rene Wood, John 6C 
Katherine Stookey, Robert & Becky 
Thomas and John & Marilyn Wightman. 

Thanks also to the Sheffield Agri- 
cultural Commission for its support; 
Jim Kelly; the Rev. Jill Graham and Old 
Parish Church; the Sheffield Board of 
Selectmen; George Oleen, Sheffield's 
food inspector; and Silk's Variety Store 
and the other merchants of the Shef- 
field Green. And special thanks to the 
Sheffield Association for being our fiscal 
sponsor, bringing the market under its 
nonprofit wing. We look forward to our 
13 th season next spring! 

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FIRE LOG 



August 

26 Mutual aid to Lakeville, CT, Fire Dept. 
26 Assist the Police Dept. at Rt.7/Kellogg Rd. 

September 

8 Wires on fire on N. Undermountain Rd. 

1 1 False alarm at Berkshire School. 

15 Mutual aid to Great Barrington Fire Dept. for a rescue. 

16 Mutual aid to Great Barrington Fire Dept. 

17 Motor vehicle accident. 

18 Wires burning on Clayton Rd. 



20 Mutual aid toAlford Fire Dept. for structure fire. 

25 Assist in search for victim at Three Mile Pond. 

27 Stove fire on School St. 

October 

7 False alarm at Berkshire School. 

I I CO Detector on Silver St. 

12 Outside fire on Ashley Falls Rd. 

1 3 Mutual aid to Canaan, CT, Fire Dept. 

1 3 Mutual aid to Great Barrington Fire Dept. for a search. 

20 Mutual aid to Great Barrington. for a structure fire. 



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November 

2 Dewey Hall Folk Series (p. 3) 

4 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME - 2AM 
6 ELECTION DAY 

10 Audubon walk (p. 26) 

/ / VETERANS DAY 

I I Veterans Day Dinner (p. 25) 

1 3 Ukulele workshop (p. 3) 

1 7 Local Authors' Day (p. 1 3) 

22 THANKSGIVING 

23 Ashley Falls tree lighting (p. 2) 

26 Deer shotgun season starts (p. 1 7) 

December 

1 Chicken Pie Supper (p. 12) 

2 Sheffield Green tree lighting (p. 2) 
8 Dewey Hall Folk Series (p. 3) 

8 Church bake sale (p. 10) 

/ 5 Deadline JAN.IFEB. Sheffield Times 

24 Christmas Eve carol service 

25 CHRISTMAS 

January 

I NEW YEAR'S DAY 

5 Dewey Hall Folk Series (p. 3) 

See also the listings for Library (p. 13), 

Senior Center (p. 14), Kiwanis (p. 23), 

Historical Society (p. 24) 



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ONLINE COMMUNITY CALENDAR 

The Sheffield Association sponsors a Sheffield Community Cal- 
endar for public events in the towns of Sheffield and Ashley Falls. 
To view the online calendar, go to www.localendar.com/public/ 
SheffieldCalendar. 

To submit information to be posted on the calendar, send an 
email to SheffieldCommunityCalendar@gmail.com. 

Please include the following information: Name of event; date; 
address of location; contact email, phone, or website; admission 
costs, if any; sponsoring organization; brief description of event. 
Information may be edited for space and appropriateness. 



ONGOING CALENDAR ITEMS 


Meetings or events that occur less than weekly are 


noted with a week number - i.e. "1 st , 3 rd " indicates 


meetings are on the first and third times that day occurs in the month. * indicates appointment needed. 


Meals on Wheels, Mon-Fri, except holidays 


Planning Board, Town Hall, 7pm, 2 nd , 4'" (4 th 


Mondays: 


only for summer) 


Building Inspector, Town Hall, 7am-1pm 


Thursdays: 


Board of Selectmen, Town Hall, 7pm, 1 s ', 3 rd 


Building Inspector, Thurs. 11am-6pm 


Conservation Commission, Town Hall, 7pm, 


Senior Center physical Fitness, 9am 


i 2 nd 4 th 


Third Thursday Luncheon, Senior Center, 


Board of Health, Town Hall, 6pm, 2 nd 


noon 


Food Assistance Program, Old Parish Church, 


* Hearing Testing available, Senior Center, 


9-1 0:30am 


3 rd 


* Foof care clinic, Senior Center, 1 s ' 


Breaking Bread Kitchen, Amerlican Legion 


Tuesdays: 


Hall, 5pm 


Building Inspector, 7am-1pm 


Fridays 


Ashley Falls Historic District Commission, 


Building Inspector, 11am-4pm 


Town Hall, 6:30pm, 2 nd 


Council on Aging, 9:30am, as needed 


Senior Center physical fitness, 9am 


Commission on Disabilities, Library, 3:30pm 


Children's Story Hour, Library, 10am 


3 rd 


Senior Center "Lawn Chair Movie, " 11:30am 


Saturdays: 


Kiwanis Club, The Bridge Restaurant, 


Dewey Hall Folk Music Sehes, 8pm, 1 st 


6:30pm 


Senior Center Knitting Group, 11am, 3 rd 


Wednesdays: 


Sundays: 


Senior Center Knitting Group, 3pm, 1 sl 


Men's Group, Old Parish, 7:45am, 2 nd 




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